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:00 a.m. in japan, and hundreds of people are still missing. that massive quake hit the area just about 12:45 a.m. eastern time. sparking hundreds of aftershocks and a devastating tsunami a short time later. police in japan now say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in sendai, the city closest to the epicenter. these are the first moments of terror. buildings began to crumble, sending huge blocks of concrete tumbling to the streets. the most powerful earthquake in 140 years volted life to a frightening halt. epicenter, 81 miles off of japan's northeast coast, near sendai, home to around 1 million people. south of sendasendai, the ceili the airport crashed to the floor. tre tre tremors felt 230 miles away in tokyo, turning a meeting with japan's prime minister in the parliament building into chaos. the quake ignited fires that is made up of a chain of islands. a spectacular fire erupted in the chiba refinery east of tokyo. dependent on nuclear power, utility companies shut down reactors. thousands of residence were ordered to evacuate homes near a plant southwest of sendai, after its cool
-ft. worth airports, radiation levels, thankfully low, have been picked up on passengers returning from japan. but the battle and the focus remain on the fukushima station and its crippled reactors. reactor number three, the scene of aerial water bombardment today, brave crew members dropped sea water in a desperate attempt to cool what is being describes as the single greatest threat. the fukushima six reactors, reactor three is the only one housing a mixed fuel known as mox, short for mixed oxide, a material made of reclaimed plutonium, the release of which would pose far more devastating effects than weave seen thus far. reactor four and its lack of water set off the biggest rift between nuclear authorities in the united states and japan. the u.s. believes the situation there is far worse than the japanese counterparts concede. the rift has led to a mini exodus of americans and others within japan. let's go now to nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson. authorities in japan have just announced they may be close to restoring power to a stricken reactor, that's reacto
from the people of japan? the special comment coming up. >>> it's hard to believe, but with each passing hour the situation in japan is becoming more dire and dangerous. and today, this. another explosion rips through a nuclear containment building and this, the safety system at a third nuclear reactor within the stricken fukushima plant breaking down. the reactor's fuel rods exposed for more than two hours. and officials seem unable to determine just how much water remains, as they seek to prevent a full-scale meltdown. beyond the dangers surrounding nuclear plant, there's widespread suffering from sendai to tokyo. millions are facing a mull tide of challenge. officials struggling to balance rescue efforts to reach survivors, distribute aid and bury the dead. a thousand bodies washed ashore in the last few hours. search and rescue teams from some 13 countries have now converged on what will be a lengthy and complex operation. frantically working to find any survivors from the upgraded 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. in all, nearly 10,000 people have been rescued, while ten
, alarm. the nuclear warning level in japan is raised as these brave men march head long into the worst nuclear disaster of the century. the faces of the heroes of fukushima, unknown, unnamed, facing certain exposure to radiation levels on the rise. their story, just ahead. >>> and this hour, a new crisis developing on the sands of north africa. the united states and its allies, great britain and france, along with other arab nations have now made it clear to libya's dictator, colonel gadhafi that his offensive against rebel forces is over. air asefsets of great britain a france are being rushed to the region to enforce a new no-fly zone and five u.s. navy warships are steaming off libya's coast, set to take offensive action to enforce it. the president's speaking at the white house just a short time ago, said there would be no negotiation and that colonel gadhafi had to cease attacking his own people or pay the consequences. >> these terms are not subject to negotiation. if gadhafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. and the resolu
are hammering financial markets, with stocks plunging worldwide, japan with its worst two-day slump in two decades, down 11%. death toll has officially reached 3,300. while thousands more remain missing. but today, a small sign of hope. a man found alive, pulled from the rubble, four days after the earthquake struck. a small miracle, but a miracle, nonetheless. nbc's kristin dahlgren is closely following developments in the area and joins us live from tokyo. good evening, kristin. >> reporter: good evening, martin. the latest we're hearing from this washington, d.c.-based nuclear research group is that they expect this disasterer to reach a seven on their scale of nuclear radioactive disasters, the only other accident to reach that level is chernobyl. so that gives you some idea of what some experts think we could possibly be looking at here. of course, nobody at this point knows. we're told even here in tokyo there's some elevated levels of radioactivity, about ten times what is normal and officials don't believe that poses any health risk, but others say they're not sure of what the long
from the stricken fukushima power plant in the northeast of japan. take a look at these new photos of the plant's four reactors. the buildings surrounding three almost completely destroyed. the other a hole clearly visible spoou spewing smoke into the air. smoke which is most likely containing dangerously high levels of radiation. u.s. embassy officials have just issued a warning to u.s. citizens within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate or stay indoors. clearly, this is a crisis that authorities in japan cannot get ahead of. and today, an extraordinary event in that nation's history. the country's emperor akihito made his first ever televised appearance telling his nation he is "deeply concerned about the crisis." president obama is set to meet with officials from u.s. aid to discuss ashl disaster assistance to japan. the first united states marine humanitarian aid assistance team has arrived on the scene. 20,000 bots of water in hand for the people. but with water levels inside those stricken reactors still too low, there are signs that this crisis is going to continue for some ti
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's happening. fallout, more traces of radiation found in america from that crippled nuclear plan in japan. is the threat to the u.s. and the world growing? murderous attacksing libyan forces answer president obama's address with a new round of attacks on civilians, according to the rebels. >>> and camelot, it's not. the new miniseries on jfk and jackie o., many historians say it's more fiction than fact. we speak to the producer 0 of the series ahead. >>> good afternoon. we begin with the disaster in japan where the prime minister says the country is in a stalts of maximum alert, this as the fukushima crisis worsens. japan officials have said they believe there's been a partial meltdown at three of the plants' six reactors, that's half. now today radioactive water has been discovered in the maintenance tunnel at the plant. in a a spatefrtepha fr l io ocns e nd ncte peltoeer he nnoced 2 etrothor nd, stonrm plonm seepifr the damaged nuclear power plant into the soil outside the facility. plutonium is years. but so far, officials claim the levels found are not harmful to human health. meanw
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in japan. for the first time fukushima plant owners are admitting four of the six reactors had too far gone to be saved. radiation near the plant has spiked to more than 3,000 times normal levels. that's the highest rate yet. inside those reactors, there is so much" caed water, workers are running out of places to put it. charles hadlock is in the region closely following the latest details. i guess when you take a look at the announcement of the four reactors not necessarily surprising given the pictures and reports that we've been hearing. >> reporter: that's right. the moment the saltwater was poured on to those reactors they were dome because of the corrosive nature of the saltwater. they're going to have to decommission the plant. right now they're just trying to bring the reactors under control and to do that, they have been pumping water through the reactors to try to cool them down. as they do that, radioactive water is coming out the other end in broken pipes and cracks in the system. so much water has now collected underneath the reactors and in trenches outside that they brought
of japan have been temporarily halted. the director of the climate and energy project for friends of the earth. what do you think of what we're hearing that mimilk being affe? >> it's scary. the bottom line, the radioactive contamination should not be in the milk and this is coming from an industry that promised everything is safe and it's not safe and it's not clean the fda is saying it's safe. why are we seeing effect of milk specifically here? are there other products at risk? >> i think this is -- this raises a very big question. i think our government is not doing a good enough job of doing monitoring and providing information. we have radioactive contamination in the milk because we've had fallout on to grass, cattle eat the grass, in term we have radio contamination in the milk. there are may other radioactive contamination and seeing that happening in japan. early statements have proven to be wrong. contamination is more serious and wider than the industry and the government was saying. >> you know, we've also had reports of radiation all across the country, from japan, d
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following general recommendations from the japan nuclear safety commission. >> we'll continue to follow it. >>> joining me to assess the situation in japan, nuclear fph frank von hippel. officials revealing a suspected breach in the reactor at the fukushima plant. this could mean a much more serious radioactive contamination that may be we haven't known so far exactly what's go on behind those walls there. but is it time to give up this battle, about cooling reactors and follow the lead in what they did in chernobyl, and that is to shut the plant down completely? >> no, they don't have the option of shutting it down. chernobyl was a very different situation. the core basically blew itself. a lot of the core blew into the atmosphere, and the rest melted down into the ground. and then they -- after a while they built this so-called sarcophagus to close it off. there's too much energy coming out of the fuel to walk away. they still have to keep trying to cool it. the problem is that we're now two weeks after the accident started and they haven't -- they don't have a handle on the situation ye
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